Respiratory Care, M.S. - Early Entry

30 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall & Summer

Program Tabs


The Early-Entry MSRC program leads to completion of all requirements for the BSRT and MSRC degrees in as few as three academic years including summers. In this program, students complete the BSRT requirements and begin graduate coursework in their Senior year. Up to 12 credit hours of graduate work may be double counted for both undergraduate and graduate programs. A student may be accepted at any time after completion of 75 or more hours of undergraduate course work, although it is expected that 90 hours of undergraduate coursework will have been earned by the time the first graduate course is taken. Early-Entry MS students will be expected to complete the requirements for the undergraduate degree by the time they have completed 15 hours of graduate work. 

Early-Entry students are charged undergraduate tuition and fees for all courses (graduate and undergraduate) for which they register.  Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students are charged graduate tuition and fees.  NOTE:  Students in graduate programs that carry a tuition increment will be charged.  However, this fee will be removed after the add/drop deadline

For program eligibility, students must currently be enrolled in the BSRT at UNC Charlotte and should consult with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and MSRC Graduate Program Director. Students must have at least a cumulative 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and in good academic standing in the BSRT program for consideration to enroll in the Early-Entry MSRC program. 

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education.

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Application Deadline: 

  • May 1 (Fall)

Admissions & Requirements: 

  • Currently enrolled in the UNCC BSRT program
  • Completion of 75 or more hours of undergraduate course work and overall GPA of 3.2 to be accepted (90 hours of undergraduate course work will have been earned, with an overall GPA of 3.0, by the time the first graduate course is taken)
  • ·Registered Respiratory Therapist (achieving and maintaining the RRT Credential offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care).
  • Current state license to practice Respiratory Therapy.
  • Current Resume
  • Written statement of purpose (500-1000 words) describing the applicant’s educational goals and expectations of the program.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from instructors or supervisors are required.
  • Complete and submit an application via the Graduate School’s admission system.

Upon acceptance, a Graduate Petition must be submitted and approved by the BSRT Program Coordinator, MSRC Program Director, and the Graduate School.

  • RESP 5101: Health Outcomes and Quality Assessment (3)
  • RESP 6101: Respiratory Care Leadership (3)
  • RESP 6104: Health Policy, Law & Ethics (3)
  • RESP 6105: Pulmonary Function Testing & Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (3)
  • RESP 6106: Ventilation Application & Monitoring (3)
  • RESP 6110: Cardio Pulmonary Disease Management (3)
  • RESP 6111: Patient-Centered Care in Cardiopulmonary Disease (3)
  • RESP 6115: Research Methods (3)
  • RESP 6804: Respiratory Care Capstone  (3)
  • RESP 6601: Emerging Issues in Respiratory Care Seminar (3) or 
  • OR NURS 6285: Interprofessional Collaboration in Healthcare (3)

*Rates are subject to change*


  • $288.82 per credit hour

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour

Non Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour

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